National social care service needed to care for the elderly

Commenting on new research showing the rising cost of a room in a care home, Heather Wakefield, UNISON Head of Local Government, said:
 
“It’s time for a long-term, sustainable solution to bridge the gap between the rising cost of residential care and pensioners’ incomes. We need a national social care service, funded through general taxation to improve standards and give elderly people the dignity and care they need.
 
“Doing nothing is not an option. Over the next thirty years it is expected that we will see a 180% increase in people over 85 and the number of people with dementia will double. Pay in the residential care sector is abysmally low and training is patchy leading to recruitment and retention difficulties.   This can lead to inadequate care which places greater strain on our over-stretched NHS.”